Category: VMworld

VMworld 2016 Keynote

Pat Gelsenger kicked off another VMworld with a keynote that was focused on hybrid cloud computing introducing a cross-cloud architecture called VMware Cloud Foundation. I remember last year having a focus on their on vCloud Air product, but this year it seems that they are seeing that shift in the market that has accelerated dramatically over the last 6-12 months. 

I think a lot of this comes down to automation – more specifically, how IT is delivering its services. It just seems that there are certain subsets of organizations that need services delivered in a different fashion. We also saw a number of companies hit the stage that talked about this challenge.

Nonetheless, I think this was one of the better keynotes I’ve seen in a while and VMware clearly understands where the market is shifting to. They made numerous references to the year 2006 and where they were positioned at that time. Taking into account what they’ve done to date, I think they have that vision down.

There was a slide that showed that they estimate 2021 being the year that we hit 50% of workloads being served out of public clouds. As application delivery changes (and it is rapidly), I can see us hitting that before that year. 

Rick

Reduxio Presentation at VMworld 2015

While I was attending VMworld 2015,  I attended the Reduxio presentation at Tech Field Day. I did some preliminary research on this company prior to the presentation and to be honest I did not completely understand their use case, so I was very interested in hearing more technical content from their engineers.

For the presentation, the company had Eyal Traltel (Director of Technical Marketing), Jacob Cherian (VP of Product Strategy and Product Management) as well as Nir Peleg who is the founder and CTO on site.

Funding

Reduxio has four primary backers. Seagate, Intel, JVP and Carmel (which is part of Viola Group).

First Impressions

At first I thought to myself: Ok, here’s another hybrid array but I quickly saw the value-add with the type of protection that they’ve implemented within this midrange storage system.

On the first slide of the presentation they had a statement that read, “A new way to protect data” which immediately sparked my interest. Here is a storage company that put data protection on the top of their list!

Hardware Detail

The Reduxio HX550 consumes 2U of rack space and has the ability to hold 24 drives. They mentioned that generally they have 16 HDD’s and 8 SSD’s in a standard build.

The HDD’s are 7200 RPM drives and the SSD’s are Western Digital eMLC SAS drives. The unit holds 40TB of raw data, but Reduxio said that capacity would be higher when data reduction is factored in. Also, it is a dual controller system with dual 10GB ports on each controller.

Product Operation

TimeOS™ Metadata

This is very different from what others are doing and is what makes this storage array so unique. TimeOS™ tracks every read/write operation (instead of allocating space) which enables the volumes for the following technologies:

Tier-X™

This is a reactive tiering operation that operates at the block level, is automated and is continually running. It is designed to place data on flash first and moves infrequently accessed data to slower magnetic disks through the analysis of 8k blocks.

BackDating™

This is Reduxio’s method of crash consistent protection for applications on all LUN’s created and provisioned in the unit. It allows for recovery within one second of the failure anywhere in the volume. Essentially, giving you a view to the volume “the way it was” before the failure occurred. I did ask some specific questions revolving around always on clustering from Microsoft and even though they haven’t tested it to date, it is on their radar.

Nodup™

This is their deduplication & compression, it is a global setting and is always running in the array on all cache tiers, volumes and clones, as well as current and historical data. It is also real time and in-line!

The Interface

The entire management interface is in HTML5 and during a demonstration of its operation, it was very smooth and fluid.

HTML5 – no javascript or flash and is designed for a touch interface.  During the demo phase of the presentation, the interface is very animated and visually pleasing. For example, when you search a volume and make time selections for restores a pop-out is presented which allows you to focus in on that task.

Final Thoughts

  • All volumes are protected by default through policy based retention.
  • The vCenter plugin has a nice look and feel to its operation.
  • To date, the system does not scale out but they have that in mind for the future since it is designed for scale-out addressing.

VMworld 2015 Kicks off Tomorrow

VMworld officially kicks off tomorrow morning with the big keynote and breakout sessions that start right away afterwards. I heard on the VMware Communities Roundtable podcast that they will be live streaming the keynote to the official VMworld app this year, so that will be a good way to watch it if you can’t make it to the morning session.

Personally I plan to hit the solutions exchange, like I said in my previous post and start talking to many of the vendors to find out what they are up to. I keep up to date on most of them, but there are quite a few that I need to circle back on and hope to talk to a few system engineers that are staffed there.

Later in the afternoon is the solutions exchange reception and is always a good time to mingle in a more relaxed setting with food. During this time I hit the “New Innovator” section and this year they have showcased roughly ten of them on the VMworld sponsors page.

Tuesday,  I will be Tech Field Day delegate at VMworld – so tune in at ~4:30pm PST here to see coverage of Reduxio. My preliminary research on this solution is that they have a “time machine” type of hybrid backup solution that data can be restored in 1 second intervals that sounds very interesting.

Hope to see many of you tomorrow!

Rick